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Favorite new releases of 2015 so far?
« on: March 25, 2015, 12:41:27 AM »
I am curious what new releases others might have read that they have really enjoyed so far this year. Here are three of my favorites so far:



The Just City by Jo Walton - I'll be honest, the description didn't do much for me, but I was immediately hooked. This is such a thought provoking and insightful book. A time traveling goddess sets up an experimental colony on an island, pulling in key people from different cultures and times to try and create Plato's vision of a utopian society. The rules to guide them to this free and wonderful existence are really rather limiting, so how do you make it work? Can you make it work?



Flex by Ferrett Steinmetz - This book was just pure fun and excitement. I don't often say something is like this and that. But, I just can't help it with this one. It's reminiscent of Breaking Bad and Ready Player One, but really something all its own. Magic can be distilled into a drug, plus magical abilities manifest out of obsessions.



Touch by Claire North - This book was is unlike any other book I’ve read in all the best ways. Ghosts survive by living in other people's skin, but the cost is stealing the hosts of time and memories that they can never regain. What is it like to survive at such a cost to others? Quite fascinating and well done.
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Re: Favorite new releases of 2015 so far?
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2015, 01:01:21 AM »
I think I've read like five or so books this year (been a mostly short story year for me somehow) but my latest read just caught my attention.


Dark Star by Oliver Langmead - Brilliant book. Absolutely brilliant, and it's actually written in epic verse. Just over 100 pages, so you would expect nothing hard but it's actually a pretty deep book. Science Fantasy Noir so of course I loved it, but it's doing a lot more than offering damsels in distress or murder mysteries to litter the landscape. Review's through the Goodreads link, so that should give you a better idea on my thoughts so.
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Re: Favorite new releases of 2015 so far?
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2015, 02:29:32 AM »
Although I've read a bunch of books already this year I think I've only read 2 that were released this year. I didn't think much of The Invisible Library at all, so I guess the nod has to go to Joe Abercrombie's Half the World.
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Re: Favorite new releases of 2015 so far?
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2015, 07:47:05 AM »
None of the books I've read this year were released in 2015 (unless it counts one new paperback edition), so no voting for me.
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Re: Favorite new releases of 2015 so far?
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2015, 08:35:19 AM »


Satisfying conclusion to a great debut trilogy. They've been in my to-read list for a long time because I wasn't convinced I'd like flintlock fantasy, I wish I had given it a chance earlier. So much fun, non-stop action from page one.

That's the only book from this year that I've read so far  :-\
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Re: Favorite new releases of 2015 so far?
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2015, 01:19:01 PM »
Although I've read a bunch of books already this year I think I've only read 2 that were released this year. I didn't think much of The Invisible Library at all, so I guess the nod has to go to Joe Abercrombie's Half the World.
Half the World is the only one for me, and I loved it, much more than its predecessor, so I'm perfectly happy to give it my vote.

Oh yes, I've also read the SF short story collection Saint Rebor by Adam Roberts, which was kind of a mixed bag.

It's pretty rare for me to be that up-to-date.

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Re: Favorite new releases of 2015 so far?
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2015, 08:15:52 PM »
Daniel Polansky's Those Above was superb. Very beautiful, sad, lovely, and maybe a little bit bitter. Clear and cool as fresh water, but full of filth and body fluids to remind us life is nasty and brutal as well. It's sparse in the right places, rich and heavy and almost baroque elsewhere to make you revel in the wold it's creating. There's a wonderful mix of Polansky's hard boiled Low Town language, and the strange, ethereal world of Those Above themselves. And some good battle scenes. And some very, very good politics.

I wanted to post a picture of its rather gorgeous cover, but the computer won't let me. It's a big, shiny sword. You can't really go wrong there either, can you?
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Re: Favorite new releases of 2015 so far?
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2015, 11:19:02 PM »
Although I've read a bunch of books already this year I think I've only read 2 that were released this year. I didn't think much of The Invisible Library at all, so I guess the nod has to go to Joe Abercrombie's Half the World.
Half the World is the only one for me, and I loved it, much more than its predecessor, so I'm perfectly happy to give it my vote.

Oh yes, I've also read the SF short story collection Saint Rebor by Adam Roberts, which was kind of a mixed bag.

It's pretty rare for me to be that up-to-date.
We are still pretty early in the year, and I'm sure there will be plenty of other new releases throughout which will cause us all to squee over to varying degrees. Joe's final book in that trilogy (which most people call the Shattered Sea, but I kind of like the title of Half) is due out in July, so there's another one that may make people's lists. To be honest I think I also preferred Half the World to Half a King, that may also be because they went to Byzan...ummm....Miklaga...no...First of Cities. I don't know what Joe used as inspiration or reference material for that one, but I got a huge Road to Miklagard vibe by Henry Treece out of it, which was coincidentally the middle book in one of his Viking trilogies aimed at younger readers.
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Re: Favorite new releases of 2015 so far?
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2015, 12:05:14 AM »
I just realized I had two 2015 releases I gave either 4.5 or 5 stars to, but I read them in December., so overlooked them when I started this topic. I also somehow missed Half the World, but that has been mentioned :)

As an aside, I have somehow managed to read 20 books so far this year, 13 of which were published this year, most of the others were released last year. My reading is incredibly slanted to new releases, but I'm actually making an effort to start reading more "backlist" books. Anyway, the other two I wished I had mentioned:



Providence of Fire by Brian Staveley - I was on the fence for this series. I really enjoyed the first book, but I also had reservations. This book annihilated those concerns, a solidified the series for me.


Golden Son by Pierce Brown - Loved it. All I can say is: WHEN DOES THE NEXT ONE COME OUT?!?!
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Re: Favorite new releases of 2015 so far?
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2015, 03:07:26 AM »
As of this point Half the World is my favorite new book but I really haven't read many new novels yet (I think only 3 so far).

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Favorite new releases of 2015 so far?
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2015, 08:59:09 AM »
Knights shadow, mostly because ive read very little this year thus far and thats the only 2015 release.
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